|Sponsor the Honorable Marcy Kaptur OH-9
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H.R. 2066 -- 21st Century Civilian
Conservation Corps Act
115th CONGRESS 1st Session
To authorize the President to reestablish the Civilian
Conservation Corps as a means of providing gainful employment to unemployed and underemployed citizens of the United States
through the performance of useful public work, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 22, 2015
introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To authorize the President to reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps as a means
of providing gainful employment to unemployed and underemployed citizens of the United States through the performance of
useful public work, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act'.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF CIVILIAN CONSERVATION
(a) Establishment and Purpose-
In order to relieve the acute condition of widespread distress and unemployment existing in the United States and to provide
for the restoration of depleted natural resources in the United States and the advancement of an orderly program of useful
public works, the President may establish and operate a Civilian Conservation Corps to employ citizens of the United States,
who are otherwise unemployed or underemployed, in the construction, maintenance, and carrying on of works of a public nature
in connection with--
(1) the forestation of lands belonging to the United States or a State;
(2) the prevention
of forest fires, floods, and soil erosion;
(3) plant pest and disease control;
(4) the construction, maintenance, or repair of paths,
trails, and fire-lanes in units of the National Park System, public lands, and other lands under the jurisdiction of the
Secretary of the Interior and units of the National Forest System; and
(5) such other work on Federal or State
land incidental to or necessary in connection with any projects of the character enumerated in paragraphs (1) through (4)
that the President determines to be desirable.
(b) Role of Federal Agencies- To operate the Civilian Conservation Corps, the President may utilize existing
Federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense, the National Guard Bureau,
the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Transportation,
the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal governmental corporations.
(c) Inclusion of Other Lands- The President may extend the activities
of the Civilian Conservation Corps to lands owned by a political subdivision of a State and lands in private ownership, but
only for the purpose of conducting such kinds of cooperation work as are otherwise authorized by law in preventing and controlling
forest fires and the attacks of forest tree pests and diseases and such work as is necessary and in the public interest
to control floods.
(d) Contract Authority-
For the purpose of carrying out this Act, the President may enter into such contracts or agreements with States as may be
necessary, including provisions for utilization of existing State administrative agencies.
(e) Acquisition of Real Property- The President, or the head of any department
or agency authorized by the President to construct any project or to carry on any public works under this Act, may acquire
real property for such project or public work by purchase, donation, condemnation, or otherwise.
SEC. 3. ADMINISTRATION OF CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS.
(a) Employment Preference- If the President determines
that amounts appropriated to carry out a Civilian Conservation Corps under this Act for a fiscal year will be insufficient
to employ all of the citizens of the United States described in section 2(a) who are seeking or likely to seek employment
in the Civilian Conservation Corps and continue the employment of current employees who desire to remain in the Civilian
Conservation Corps, the President shall employ additional persons in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the following order
(1) Unemployed veterans of the Armed Forces and unemployed members of the reserve components of the Armed
(2) Unemployed citizens who have exhausted their entitlement to unemployment compensation.
citizens, who immediately before employment in the Civilian Conservation Corps, are eligible for unemployment compensation
payable under any State law or Federal unemployment compensation law, including any additional compensation or extended
compensation under such laws.
(4) Other citizens described in section 2(a).
(b) Housing and Care of Employees- The President may provide housing for persons
employed in the Civilian Conservation Corps and furnish them with such subsistence, clothing, medical attendance and hospitalization,
and cash allowance, as may be necessary, during the period they are so employed.
(c) Transportation- The President may provide for the transportation of persons
employed in the Civilian Conservation Corps to and from the places of employment.
(d) Non-Discrimination- In employing citizens for the Civilian Conservation Corps,
no discrimination shall occur in accordance with Federal employment law; except that no individual under conviction for
crime and serving sentence therefore shall be employed under the provisions of this Act.
SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(a) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated
to the President $16,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2017 to establish and operate a Civilian Conservation
Corps under this Act.
(b) Use of Unobligated
Funds Appropriated for Public Works-
(1) USE OF EXISTING FUNDS- The President may use any moneys previously appropriated for public
works and unobligated as of the date of the enactment of this Act to establish and operate a Civilian Conservation Corps
under this Act.
(2) USE TO RELIEVE UNEMPLOYMENT- Not less than 80 percent of the funds utilized pursuant to paragraph
(1) must be used to provide for the employment of individuals under this Act.
(3) EXCEPTIONS- Paragraph (1) does
not apply to--
(A) unobligated moneys appropriated for public works on
which actual construction has been commenced as of the date of the enactment of this Act or may be commenced within 90 days
after that date; and
(B) maintenance funds for river and harbor improvements
already allocated as of the date of the enactment of this Act.
(c) Duration of Availability- Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization
of appropriations in subsection (a) or made available under subsection (b) shall remain available until expended.
SEC. 5. TERMINATION.
The authority of the President to establish and operate a Civilian Conservation
Corps under this Act expires on September 30, 2017.